13. The Conversion of Saul
a. Appeared To by the Lord
1 But aSaul, still breathing threatening and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
2 And asked for aletters from him to Damascus for the bsynagogues, so that if he found any who were of the 1cWay, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 And as he went, he adrew near to Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 And he fell on the ground and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting 1aMe?
5 And he said, Who are You, 1Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute.
6 But arise up and enter into the city, and it 1will be told to you bwhat you must do.
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, ahearing the voice but seeing no one.
8 And Saul rose from the ground; and though his eyes were open, he could see 1nothing. And they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without seeing, and he neither ate nor drank.
b. Confirmed through Ananias
10 And there was a certain disciple in Damascus named aAnanias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, bI am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said to him, aRise up and 1go to the lane called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas a man from bTarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying;
12 And he has seen in a avision a man named Ananias coming in and blaying his hands on him so that he may 1creceive his sight.
13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man, how many evil things he has done to Your asaints in Jerusalem;
14 And here he has aauthority from the chief priests to bind all who 1bcall upon Your name.
15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a 1chosen avessel to Me, to bear My bname before both the cGentiles and dkings and the sons of Israel;
16 For I will show him how amany things he must suffer on behalf of My name.
17 And aAnanias went away and entered into the house; and 1blaying his hands on him, he said, Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me -- Jesus, who appeared to you on the road on which you were coming -- so that you may creceive your sight and be 2filled with the Holy Spirit.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he 1received his sight and rose up and was 2abaptized.
19 And once he had taken food, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples in aDamascus for some days.
c. Beginning to Preach
20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the 1synagogues, that this One is the aSon of God.
21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, Is this not the one who aravaged those who bcall upon this name in Jerusalem and came here for this, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests?
22 But Saul was all the more aempowered, and he bconfounded the Jews dwelling in Damascus by proving that this One is the cChrist.
23 And as a considerable number of days were being fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to ado away with him;
24 But their aplot was made known to Saul. And they also bwatched the gates closely, both day and night, so that they might cdo away with him.
25 But his disciples took him by night and alet him down through the wall, blowering him in a basket.
26 And when he arrived in aJerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples; yet all feared him, not believing that he was a disciple.
27 But aBarnabas took hold of him and bled him to the apostles, and he related to them how Saul had cseen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken dboldly in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them, agoing in and going out in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 And he spoke and disputed with the aHellenists, but they attempted to bdo away with him.
30 But when the abrothers realized it, they brought him down to bCaesarea and sent him forth to cTarsus.